This week the chain opens a store in downtown Boston. But can it succeed where so many UK giants have failed?

The Burnham building in Boston, Massachusetts, is widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of architecture in the city. It was designed for the Filene’s department store chain in 1912 by Daniel Burnham, the Chicago architect behind the Selfridges building on London’s Oxford Street, and is on America’s national register of historic places.

But its recent past has been traumatic. In 2007 it fell empty when the branch of Filene’s that it had housed since before the first world war closed. A property developer then gutted the interior, sparking fury in the Boston area.

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